Samsung Galaxy S22 Series and Galaxy Tab S8 Series First Look

Samsung announces the Samsung Galaxy S22 Series and the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Series at Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2022 event. Thanks to Samsung, I was invited to the product brief two days ago and hence, I had the chance to hands-on these products before the official announcement.

This is one of the few physical events that I had attended these few years, no thanks to COVID-19. Do note that the event was conducted professionally. We had to submit our ART (Antigen Rapid Test) 24 hours before the event and had our masks on throughout the event (except for drinking and some light snacks). Safe distancing was also enforced (5 people in one table). BTW, this is the only event I attended that we were “reimbursed” with one ART kit. Thanks, Samsung.

Samsung announces its latest flagship smartphones, the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra, S22+, and the S22. One of the most significant features of the Galaxy S22 Ultra is that the S Pen can finally be stored into the chassis. This is actually the biggest complaint I heard when S21 was announced previously (cannot keep the S Pen in the chassis). Kudos to Samsung to listen to the consumers’ feedback and incorporate the S Pen into the smartphone.

Some of you might wonder if the S-Series already have the S Pen, what will happen to the Galaxy Note Series. Here is the response from Samsung.

Why did you bring Note series features to the S Series?

“The Galaxy Note series is one of our most beloved products, thanks to an incredibly loyal fan base that appreciates the power, performance and productivity Note offers. We’ve listened to them carefully, and we know that they want it all. They are life maximizers that do everything on their mobile devices, from working to sharing their day with their followers.

That’s why we’re integrating the most beloved Note features into more device categories, including the S Series, tablets, Z Fold, Galaxy Book and beyond. This enables everyone to get more from their mobile experience and marks the next chapter of the Note legacy.”

Response by TM Roh, President and Head of MX Business

Samsung Galaxy S22 Series

The Samsung Galaxy S22 Series include the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra, S22+, and the S22. The S22 Ultra is the highest-end product amongst the others.

If you look at the front screen, you will notice immediately that the S22 Ultra has sharp corners compared to the S22 or S22+.

Left to Right: S22, S22+, S22 Ultra

Based on Samsung, the camera module of the S22 Ultra is designed to showcase individual cameras.

S22 Ultra Cameras

If you compare it with S22 or S22+, you noticed that both the S22 and S22+ have the same camera setup and they are in a single module (as compared to the individual camera lens in S22 Ultra).

S22/S22+ Camera Module

As this is only the first look and not much time to hands-on the products, I shall not comment too much on the usage. Instead, let me highlight a few features which are interesting.

S Pen (on S22 Ultra)

The S Pen is finally able to be stored into the smartphone. And I can safely say that this concludes the chapter on Samsung Galaxy Note Series as the S Series is capable to perform all the features on the Note Series.

The S Pen has 3x improved latency at 2.8ms through hardware and software enhancement. It can also support 22 languages.

Camera

The S22 Ultra has 4 rear cameras and surprisingly, it has two telephoto lenses. Both of them are 10MP but one has 3x optical and the other has 10x optical.

Samsung is also promoting its night shot feature (Nightography). I tried a few times and it works. However, I will need more tests to see if it really performs well under super-low light conditions or not.

Actually, I am more interested in the video mode as it has an advanced Super Steady System to stabilize the video. And taking video during low light conditions is supposed to be better with auto FPS and other features.

Another interesting feature is the Portrait Mode. It has the usual Portrait mode and now it has the Pet Portrait mode, and even the night portrait feature.

Application Processing and Processor

The S22 Series is using 4nm processing technology. Although Samsung is not the first to use the 4nm processing, it is the first on Samsung’s devices.

The S22 Series is using Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. Singapore will be getting this version.

There are many other enhancements and features in the S22 series. check out the full specifications below

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra Specifications

Here are the specifications of the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra

And if you are wondering what colors can you choose for the S22 Ultra, check out the below picture.

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Samsung Galaxy S22 and S22+ Specifications

Here are the specifications of the Samsung Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22+

And these are the color selections for the S22+.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Series

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Series consists of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8, Galaxy Tab S8+, and the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra.

In terms of screen size, the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra has the largest screen size of 14.6-inch.

I did not spend time with the Galaxy Tab S8. However, on my brief encounter with it, I think the position of the S Pen is weird. It has a magnet latch below the camera module which the S Pen can be latched onto to charge. I am sure it will drop off easily if you are not careful.

But if you purchase the cover, then that position makes sense. Check out the picture below. The cover has a flip that you can open up to access the S Pen. When closed, it acts as a storage place for your S Pen.

Specifications

Here are the specifications of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Series.

I hope I can get review units for the S22 series for more testing. BTW, do note that all products do not come with chargers. They have to be purchased separately.

Local Pricing and Availability

Samsung Galaxy S22 Series 5G

Pre-Order Information

Pre-order for the Galaxy S22 5G, Galaxy S22+ 5G and Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G will commence from 9 February 2022, Wednesday, 11pm at selected online stores. Consumers can place their pre-order for the all-new devices, at the following:

  • Samsung Online Store
  • Samsung Experience Stores
  • Samsung Official Store in Lazada, Shopee
  • Local telecommunication operators (M1, Singtel and StarHub)
  • Selected Consumer Electronics & IT Stores (Best Denki, Challenger, Courts, Gain City, Harvey Norman)

Consumers who pre-order their Galaxy S22 Series 5G devices will enjoy early delivery and be able to collect or receive their devices from 25 February 2022, Friday – 7 days earlier than launch date.

Pre-order consumers will be entitled to the following complimentary pre-order exclusives1 upon successful payment for and collection or delivery of their pre-order:

  • Galaxy S22 5G and Galaxy S22+ 5G: $250 worth of e-voucher2 to Samsung’s Premium Catalogue and an exclusive ‘Lucky Box’, which contains a random selection of 1 Silicone Cover with Strap and 1 Limited-Edition Wide Strap, worth $116.
  • Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G: $300 worth of e-voucher2 to Samsung’s Premium Catalogue and an exclusive ‘Lucky Box’, which contains a random selection of 1 Silicone Cover with Strap and 1 Limited-Edition Wide Strap, worth $116.

The e-voucher is available for instant redemption via a promo code on Samsung’s Pre-Order Premium Catalogue to enjoy the respective value off their choice of purchases. The Samsung Pre-Order Premium Catalogue features a selection of specially curated add-ons that can help enhance the experience on the Galaxy S22 Series 5G devices, including new Galaxy S22 Series 5G covers and accessories, as well as popular Galaxy devices such as Galaxy Watches, Buds and Tabs.

Plus, consumers who pre-order their Galaxy S22 Series 5G can enjoy 50% off 2-year Samsung Care+ at $100 (RRP of $200).

Pre-Order at Samsung Online Store / Samsung Experience Stores

Consumers can pre-order their Galaxy S22 5G, Galaxy S22+ 5G and Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G without contract via the Samsung Online Store from 9 February 2022, Wednesday, 11pm:

Consumers can pre-order their Galaxy S22 Series 5G devices without contract by visiting the following Samsung Experience Stores from 10 February 2022, Thursday, during their opening hours:

  • Central: 313@Somerset #B2-24/25/26 Tel: 6836 1809, Bugis Junction #01-63/63A Tel: 6338 7911, ION Orchard #B3-14 Tel: 6235 0185, VivoCity #02-28/29 Tel: 6376 9150
  • East: Bedok Mall #B1-07 Tel: 6844 9310, NEX #04-42 Tel: 6636 7392, Tampines Mall #02-29 Tel: 6782 9575
  • West: Jurong Point #B1-09/10/11 Tel: 6791 2272, Westgate #01-01 Tel: 6369 9175
  • North: Causeway Point #01-01 Tel: 6891 1011

Consumers who choose to pre-order their Galaxy S22 Series 5G from the Samsung Online Store can receive their devices from 25 February 2022, Friday via delivery.

Consumers who opt to pre-order via walk-in at the Samsung Experience Store can collect their devices in-store at the same outlet from 25 February 2022, Friday.

Pre-Order at Telecommunication Operators

Pre-order for the Galaxy S22 5G, Galaxy S22+ 5G and Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G will commence from 10 February 2022, Thursday, 10am. Consumers can visit the following URLs for more information on pre-order3 for the Galaxy S22 Series 5G and the respective 2-year contract pricing plans:

Consumers who pre-order their Galaxy S22 Series 5G from telecommunication operators can collect their devices from 25 February 2022, Friday. Customers of M1 and Singtel can opt to collect their devices through in-store collection or delivery, while StarHub customers can receive their devices via delivery only.

Pre-order at Selected Consumer Electronics & IT Stores, and Samsung Official Store in Lazada and Shopee

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Pre-order for the Galaxy S22 5G, Galaxy S22+ 5G and Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G will also be available in-store and online at the respective websites of selected consumer electronics & IT stores (Best Denki, Challenger, Courts, Gain City and Harvey Norman) from 10 February 2022, Thursday, 10am and through Samsung Official Store in Lazada and Shopee from 9 February 2022, Wednesday, 11pm.

More information is available at the following URLs:

Consumers who have successfully pre-ordered their Galaxy S22 Series 5G from any of the above locations will be able to collect or receive their devices from 25 February 2022, Friday.

Local Pricing and Availability for Samsung Galaxy S22 Series 5G

The Galaxy S22 5G, Galaxy S22+ 5G and Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G will be available in Singapore from 4 March 2022, Friday, at local telecommunication operators (M1, Singtel and StarHub), major consumer electronics & IT stores, selected authorised mobile retailers, Samsung Online Store, Samsung Experience Stores, and Samsung Official Store in Lazada, Shopee and Amazon.sg.

The respective recommended retail prices for the devices are as follows:

* Exclusive to Samsung Online Store and Samsung Experience Stores

# Exclusive online to Samsung Online Store

The following Galaxy S22 Series 5G accessories will also be available to complement the devices:

Experience total peace of mind and get the most from the new Galaxy S22 Series 5G with Samsung Care+. Samsung Care+ offers consumers worry-free total care service, 24/7 dedicated remote support via the Samsung Hotline and Live Chat, 50% savings on out-of-warranty repair(s)6, Extended Warranty7 and more.

Consumers who pre-order their Galaxy S22 Series 5G can enjoy 50% off 2-year Samsung Care+ at $100 (RRP of $200). Samsung Care+ will be available within 60-day from device activation date at the Samsung Care+ Online Store, Samsung Experience Stores or authorised Samsung Customer Service Centres.

Consumers can visit https://www.samsung.com/sg/offer/samsung-care-plus/ to learn more about Samsung Care+.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Series

Pre-Order Information

Pre-order for the Galaxy Tab S8 5G, Galaxy Tab S8 Wi-Fi®, Galaxy Tab S8+ 5G, Galaxy Tab S8+ Wi-Fi® and Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra 5G will commence from 9 February 2022, Wednesday, 11pm at selected online stores.

Consumers can place their pre-order for the all-new devices, at the following:

  • Samsung Online Store
  • Samsung Experience Stores
  • Samsung Official Store in Lazada and Shopee
  • Local telecommunication operators (Singtel and StarHub)
  • Selected Consumer Electronics & IT Stores (Best Denki, Challenger, Courts, Gain City, Harvey Norman)

Pre-order consumers will be entitled to the following complimentary pre-order exclusives3 upon successful payment for and collection or delivery of their pre-order:

  • Galaxy Tab S8 and Galaxy Tab S8+: Galaxy Buds Live worth $288
  • Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra 5G: Samsung Book Cover Keyboard worth $548 and Samsung Portable SSD T5 500GB worth $109 (total worth of $657)

Pre-Order at Samsung Online Store / Samsung Experience Stores

Consumers can also pre-order their Galaxy Tab S8 5G, Galaxy Tab S8 Wi-Fi®, Galaxy Tab S8+ 5G, Galaxy Tab S8+ Wi-Fi® and Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra 5G without contract via the Samsung Online Store (https://www.samsung.com/sg/tablets/galaxy-tab-s8/buy/) from 9 February 2022, Wednesday, 11pm, or by visiting the following Samsung Experience Stores during their opening hours from 10 February 2022, Wednesday:

  • Central: 313@Somerset #B2-24/25/26 Tel: 6836 1809, Bugis Junction #01-63/63A Tel: 6338 7911, ION Orchard #B3-14 Tel: 6235 0185, VivoCity #02-28/29 Tel: 6376 9150
  • East: Bedok Mall #B1-07 Tel: 6844 9310, NEX #04-42 Tel: 6636 7392, Tampines Mall #02-29 Tel: 6782 9575
  • West: Jurong Point #B1-09/10/11 Tel: 6791 2272, Westgate #01-01 Tel: 6369 9175
  • North: Causeway Point #01-01 Tel: 6891 1011

Consumers who choose to pre-order their Galaxy Tab S8 Series from the Samsung Online Store can receive their devices from 25 February 2022, Friday via delivery.

Consumers who opt to pre-order via walk-in at the Samsung Experience Store can collect their devices in-store at the same outlet from 25 February 2022, Friday.

Pre-Order at Telecommunication Operators

Pre-order for the Galaxy Tab S8 5G, Galaxy Tab S8+ 5G and Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra 5G will commence from 10 February 2022, Thursday, 10am. Consumers can visit the following URLs for more information on pre-order for the Galaxy Tab S8 series:

Consumers who pre-order their Galaxy Tab S8 Series from telecommunication operators can collect their devices from 25 February 2022, Friday. Singtel customers can opt to collect their devices through in-store collection or delivery, while StarHub customers can receive their devices via delivery only.

Pre-order at Selected Consumer Electronics & IT Stores, Samsung Official Store in Lazada and Shopee
Pre-order for the Galaxy Tab S8 Series will also be available in-store and online at the respective websites of selected consumer electronics & IT stores (Best Denki, Challenger, Courts, Gain City, and Harvey Norman) from 10 February 2022, Thursday, 10am and through Samsung Official Store in Lazada and Shopee from 9 February 2022, Wednesday, 11pm.
More information is available at the following URLs:

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Consumers who have successfully pre-ordered their Galaxy Tab S8 Series from any of the above locations will be able to collect or receive their devices from 25 February 2022, Friday.

Local Pricing and Availability for Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Series

The Galaxy Tab S8 Series will be available in Singapore from 4 March 2022, Friday, at local telecommunication operators (M1, Singtel and StarHub), major consumer electronics & IT stores, selected authorised mobile retailers, Samsung Online Store, Samsung Experience Stores, Samsung Official Store in Lazada and Shopee and Amazon.sg.

The respective recommended retail prices for the devices are as follows:

The following Galaxy Tab S8 Series accessories will also be available to complement the devices:

Trade Up: Easy Trade-in with Great Value

The Samsung Trade Up Programme9 makes it easier for consumers to own the Galaxy S22 Series 5G and Galaxy Tab S8 Series. Consumers who purchase the Galaxy S22 Series 5G and Galaxy Tab S8 Series can trade-in their old eligible device10 at Samsung Experience Stores and online, to receive an additional $200 trade-in value11 on top of the regular trade-in amount.

Consumers who wish to trade-in their old eligible devices can do so online from 9 February 2022, Wednesday or by visiting selected Samsung Experience Stores12 from 10 February 2022, Thursday.

Consumers can visit https://www.samsung.com/sg/tradeup/ to learn more about the Samsung Trade Up Programme.

0% Instalment Payment Plan

Consumers can also enjoy up to 36-months 0% instalment payment plan if they choose to pay with UOB and OCBC credit cards on the Samsung Online Store for their Galaxy S22 Series 5G and Tab S8 Series purchases. 0% instalment payment plan is also available at Samsung Experience Stores with selected credit cards.

Terms and conditions apply.

1 Complimentary gifts are while stocks last, and not exchangeable for cash or other items. Samsung reserves the right to substitute the gifts at its sole discretion without prior notice. Other terms & conditions apply; please refer to pre-order terms & conditions for more details.
2 The e-voucher is applicable for multiple items, up to the value of the voucher. For purchases above the value of the voucher, consumers will be required to top-up the remaining amount. Unutilised value of the e-voucher will be forfeited. Other terms & conditions apply; please refer to pre-order terms & conditions for more details.
3 Terms and conditions apply. Please check respective Telecommunication Operators’ websites for details.
4 Display measurements are diagonal, and actual viewable area is less due to rounded corners and camera hole punch.
5 Actual user-accessible internal memory is less than specified total memory due to storage of the operating system, the software used to operate device features, and other built-in applications, and may vary after software updates/upgrades.
6 Limited to one-time for Samsung Care+ (12-months) and two-time for Samsung Care+ (24-months).
7 Only applicable for Samsung Care+ 24-month plan. An extended warranty is a service contract that covers repair beyond basic warranty. Limitations and exclusions apply. Please see terms and conditions for full coverage details.
8 Display measurements are diagonal, and actual viewable area is less due to rounded corners and camera hole punch.
9 Provided by PC Dreams Pte Ltd and CompAsia Pte Ltd (Samsung Online Shop) as an independent third party. Terms and conditions apply.
10 See www.samsung.com/sg/tradeup for the full list of eligible trade-in devices and their respective trade-in values. Trade-in value may vary, depending on the device condition. Samsung reserves the right to amend the list of eligible trade-in devices and their trade-in values at any time without prior notice.
11 Selected trade-in models only. Terms & conditions apply; see www.samsung.com/sg/tradeup.
12 Trade Up only available at selected Samsung Experience Stores in 313 Somerset, Causeway Point, Vivocity and Westgate.

Let me know if you have any questions.